Wildfire in California's Napa County grows; 200 homes evacuated

The Associated Press
July 2, 2014 06:05 AM

Fire personnel pull back from a wall of flames as it jumps Butts Canyon Road and Snell Valley Road, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, outside Middletown, Calif., near the border between Lake and Napa counties. By early evening 140 homes were evacuated and 2,500 acres were burned. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

POPE VALLEY, Calif. - A wildfire in Northern California's that has forced the evacuation of 200 homes has grown to 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometres , though officials say crews aided by better weather made progress as they worked to control the flames overnight.

State fire officials say the blaze in Napa County's Pope Valley had burned 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares) as of Wednesday morning, an additional 500 acres (200 hectares) from the previous night.

It remained 30 per cent contained. State fire Deputy Chief Gabrielle Avina said crews, however, were aided by higher humidity and lighter winds. They were expecting those conditions to hold through the day.

The fire has damaged one home and four outbuildings. In addition to 200 mandatory evacuations, Avina says another 180 homes are threatened.

No injuries were reported.

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